Monday, June 16, 2014

Friday the 13th, Enkai Edition

Throughout the year, almost all teachers participate in after school events and parties.  In Japan these are typically called "enkai" 宴会.  They are typically held at nice restaurants with great food, all-you-can-drink beer, and some sort of planned activities for the evening.  Following the "enkai" is the second, third and sometimes fourth after party.  Each after party is usually held at a bar, pub, or karaoke.  The "enkai" is a great way for teachers to air out the dirty laundry, reduce stress, socialize, complain, enjoy and just exhale and let themselves enjoy the night.

This past Friday, I had an enkai at a beer garden.  A beer garden being an all-you-can-drink place usually on the top of a roof of some high-rise building with usually cheap but plentiful food.  This time we had Chinese food that was quite good and the beer flowed faster than Niagara Falls.  I drank quite a bit and even pre-gamed with a can of beer before the party.  Needless-to-say I was quite stress free by the end of the party.  I really enjoy "enkai" events and look forward to them every time.

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